I’m proud to announce that all the hard work I’ve put in over the last year has finally won me a golf tournament. Countless hours of practice, conditioning, consulting with trainers, mental coaches, coaches, dietitians has brought me the honored championship of the 5th annual Christmas Classic. Since legal issues force me to document every second of my life in video form, I happen to have video of the tournament below for you to enjoy.
There’s a reason why golf nuts around here like me golf as much as they can when there’s no snow on the ground. It is called snow.
Yesterday I managed to play 11 holes. These were the only holes open since the rest had snow.
Today it has been snowing all day. Yesterday was probably the last time I’ll see dirt for 3-4 months. Yes for the next 3-4 months it will be all white, all the time. No dirt visible. No grass. Cold. S***ty.
The snow has melted enough for my home course to open holes 2-11. Today, though it was 33 degrees, I played golf. I had on a shirt, sweater, sweatshirt, lined windbreaker hoodie, levis, fleece hat, lined rain pants and two pairs of gloves.
With my propane golf heater in tow, I started on #4 making a bunch of bogeys. It is hard to swing with 57 articles of clothing on and frozen hands. I played #8 twice, making my first two pars of the day. The 2nd par on #8 my ball was in the greenside bunker buried in snow. I blasted out of the “snow trap” to about 15 feet and made a sand save for par.
I played #11 twice too, getting up and down out of a plugged lie in the sand. So today I was 2/2 in sand saves. I had 5 bogeys and 6 pars which is fine for 12/21 of any year in this area…
Hitting the greens in these conditions isn’t a great idea. They’re frozen. I had a gap wedge hit next to the flag on the green, bounce 30 feet in the air and fly over the green. You need to hit short of the green and bounce it up on the ice.
Credit my buddy Jay Flemma for the quote of the week in trying to separate Tiger Woods from golf.
At the end of the day, Woods is just a man, but golf is an institution.
I couldn’t agree more. Golf will survive no matter what happens to Tiger Woods or any famous individual in the world of golf. The game, the institution, will draw me back to the course every time despite how poorly I may have played or dejected I may have been the previous round.